John Calvin On Living in Florida

July 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

john-calvinCommenting on Isaiah 13:10 (For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light), Calvin says:

[W]hen the sun and moon and stars shine in heaven, God may be said to cheer us by his bright and gracious countenance. Since therefore in the brightness of heaven God shows a cheerful and friendly countenance, as if he might be said to smile upon us, the darkness which the Prophet describes conveys the thought, that God, by hiding his face, cast the men with whom he was angry into the darkness of sorrow.

Florida, being the Sunshine State that it is, receives the biggest “smile of God.” Statistically, cities in California receive more abundant sunshine, as do some desert cities (like Las Vegas and Phoenix). Scorch and smog aside, Florida gets a pretty big smile from God on a regular basis though, and it definitely feels like God is trying to cheer you up with the weather around here.

Conversely, the cloudiest city is Seattle, which quite predictably was an epicenter for grunge and emo in the music scene (i.e. angry, disillusioned music and sad music). I don’t know if its fair to say God is angry with Seattle and Portland (and most of upstate New York), but they definitely have a misery inducing level of cloudiness (speaking from personal experience in upstate New York). Perhaps Mark Driscoll would have less angry rants if he pastored a church in south Florida, but who can really know?



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I'm an avid reader, musician, and high school Bible teacher living in central Florida. I have many paperback books and our house smells of rich glade air freshners. If you want to know more, then let's connect!

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